#18 Wolfpack is On to Miami – NC State University Athletics – NC State Athletics


RALEIGH, N.C. – Riding a four-game winning streak, the #18 NC State hopes to keep the momentum going as the Wolfpack (5-1, 2-0 ACC) travels to Miami for a Saturday night contest.


The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. from Hard Rock Stadium, also home to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, and will be televised on ESPN2.


“We know it’s going to be a tough game,” said Doeren. “Another road game.


“Excited about playing in a NFL stadium. I know our guys are excited about that, and there’s a handful of guys from the state of Florida, so for them it’s nice to be able to play a game in their state where they grew up.”


It will mark back-to-back ACC road games for the Pack, as NC State went up to Chestnut Hill last weekend and downed Boston College 33-7.


“Proud of our team, of uur staff to be able to perform the way we did on the road,” said head coach Dave Doeren. “That was a good BC team, very physical team, a team that doesn’t beat itself. They’re well-coached.

“It was a loud, passionate, definitely raucous crowd. It was windy, rainy and none of that stuff mattered.”

Helping to lead the charge has been a much improved defense.

NC State boasts the top defense in the ACC in terms of statistical rankings. The Wolfpack leads the league in total defense and rushing defense, ranks second in scoring defense and third in passing defense.


But the Miami offense has weapons the Pack must contain.


“They’re scoring a lot of points, they’re very fast on the perimeter,” said Doeren. “On offense, they’re still scoring 30 points a game without (QB D’Eriq) King. They’ve got a group of receivers a lot of people love to have.


NC State will travel to Miami for the first time since the 2012 season, and it will be Doeren’s first game at NC State at Miami. Since the Hurricanes became a member of the ACC on 2004, the squads have faced off just five times, with NC State winning the first two matchups and Miami the last three.


“It’s another opportunity to get better for our football team and try to build on what we’ve done in the last four weeks,” said Doeren.